The Great Bend High School debate squad traveled to Hays on Saturday Oct. 6th, for their second tournament of the season, taking five teams in the Novice Division and two teams in the Open Division. Both Open Teams placed in the top six winning medals. Two Novice Teams placed in the top six also winning medals. Three students won speaker awards in Open and Novice Divisions and two more Novice teams were in the top ten and earning winning records. The team also won a trophy by placing second overall in sweepstakes.
Since Tom Bauer, M.D., realizes that social contacts can play a big role in the lives of people with a chronic illness, he is trying to gauge the interest in a local Parkinson's disease support group. An informational meeting is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.
Sunflower Diversified Services raised more than $4,000 for local and area people with developmental disabilities and delays during a recent annual fundraiser. The Chris Cakes pancake dinner and quilt raffle raised $4,071.25 for the non-profit agency's clients.
The third week of October is National Friends of the Library Week and this year's main event is the Annual Used Book Sale sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The sale location is the basement meeting room of the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams.
The City of Great Bend's Health Insurance Independent Consultation Selection Committee will meet at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the City Office. The committee will review submitted proposals in order to make a recommendation to the City Council at a later date.
Vicki Schmitt, of Rosewood Services, serves baked beans to Teresa Malone during Tuesday evening's 4-Corners Oktoberfest. A few hundred people attended the Great Bend Chamber Business After Hours fall festival, held annually by five local business that are located near the corner of 16th and Main Street: Thill & Associates Inc., Wadell & Reed, Beautiful Beginnings, Rosewood Furniture Gallery and Satellite Pros. The businesses provided free bratwursts with sides and beverages. Participants were also treated to polka music, and door prizes.
The swift fox may not be on the endangered species list, but it could be headed that way. Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory said he hopes to acquire a pair of the foxes for breeding.
A school janitor commented to USD 428 Food Service Director Karl Sprague this week that he had to add an extra waste basket in the lunchroom because the volume of waste had increased. It's not paper plates, napkins or milk cartons filling the extra space. Its food. Colorful, crunchy vegetables and fruits and whole grain breads, and leaner proteins.
By JIM MISUNAS
The Great Bend High School debate squad traveled seven two-person teams to two different tournaments on Sept. 22 and won six medals and a sweepstakes trophy.
The Kiowa Gun Club will sponsor a shooting exhibition range day by Savage Arms, partnering with Hornady Ammunition and Nikon Sport Optics. The range day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday will feature several of Savage Arms selection of sport rifles.
The First Presbyterian church invites Great Bend and Barton County communities to a "Music for Mission" concert which will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, in the First Presbyterian Church sanctuary, 24th and Washington. A variety of instrumental and vocal musical groups representing a diverse make-up of churches located in Great Bend will join together for an afternoon of musical praise to God.
The Kansas Highway Patrol investigated an accident about 5:32 p.m. Wednesday at U.S. 56 and K-156. The patrol reports that a GMC 1500 pick-up operated by Tanner Cain, 20, of Beaver, Okla. had stopped at a stop sign before driving onto U.S. 56 into the path of a westbound Mack semi-tractor operated by Brian Wick, 39, of Ness City. Cain was injured and transported to Great Bend Regional Hospital. Wick was not injured. Traffic was diverted at the intersection.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is accepting enrollment for the fall programs, which start next week.
Great Bend Police responded to two unrelated domestic calls Sunday that resulted in felony arrests.
USD 428 Board of Education will meet at noon on Thursday at Riley Elementary School, 1515 10th Street. Items on the agenda include change in teacher recruitment software and approval to accept an anonymous donation of $5,000 for playground equipment at Park Elementary school. Riley Elementary School Principal JoAnn Blevins and other staff members will share information regarding the academic programs and the school improvement efforts at Riley.
The Touched By Cancer (TBC) support group meeting for Nov. 21 has been canceled due to conflicts. The next meeting for the group will be at 2 p.m. on Nov. 4 at the Heartland Cancer Center.
Sisters of Hope, a new support group for recently widowed women, is planning an informational "meet and greet." It will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 in the Fireside Room at First Assembly of God Church, 601 S. Patton Road in Great Bend.
The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is hosting a hunting showcase at 10 a.m. today at HorseThief Reservoir in Jetmore to spotlight the economic benefits of Kansas hunting and fishing and to release the 2014 Tourism Economics data.
GBHS Band and Orchestra students are selling Cherrydale products through Nov. 2, for their 2016 trip. There are many food items as well as a wide variety of gift items. Items can also be ordered online and sent directly to someone. The items will arrive around Dec. 4. Call GBHS (620-793-1521, ext. 189) and leave a message to have someone place your order or answer any questions.
The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a letter of support for a Sunflower Diversified Services grant application to KDOT and the Kansas Association of Counties legislative platform.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Scott Donovan with greeters Karmi Green and Amanda Hackerott. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.
Parkinson's disease patients who want to enhance their vitality, balance and coordination may benefit from an upcoming presentation at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center.
It is not just the physical layout of the Heartland Cancer Center (HCC) that will change as the facility grows by 10,000 square feet.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees is scheduled to vote on whether to start a college wrestling program. The board will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. Personnel and a monitoring report on service regions is also on the agenda.
Barton Community College will present a student recital of instrumental and vocal performances at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Dorothy Moses Morrison Chapel, located in the Fine Arts Building, F-157. The recital is free.
A motorist called 911 at 1:54 a.m. Sunday to report rolling her car after swearing to miss a deer. She said was not injured but the car was on its side in the 100 block of NE 10 Road.
Dan Stecklein, American Senior Service Inc. representative, will give a presentation on True Freedom Home Care service contracts at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24th, at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. True Freedom plans offer a solution for seniors who have waited too long to secure a traditional home care insurance plan and now cannot qualify because of health underwriting, or it is too costly. Caregivers and seniors can learn more about the five different plans available.
Zoo Education Coordinator Sarah Cruz will compare common household products to their "green" alternatives during the program, "Green Cleaning and Hygiene – From Toxic To Tender," from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo.